Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is Ayahuasca?
A: Ayahuasca is a sacred plant medicine which has been used by indigenous tribes in the Amazon for centuries. It is made from a combination of specific plants, including the vine Banisteriopsis caapi and the leaves of the Psychotria viridis plant. Ayahuasca is known for its profound spiritual and healing effects.
Q: Is Ayahuasca safe?
A: When used responsibly and under the guidance of experienced facilitators, Ayahuasca is extremely safe. However, it is essential to approach Ayahuasca with the respect it deserves. Precautions are taken to ensure participant safety, including thorough preparation, medical screenings and the presence of trained facilitators throughout the ceremonies.
Q: Are there any risks or side effects associated with Ayahuasca?
A: Ayahuasca can induce intense physical, emotional, and psychological experiences. While these experiences can be profoundly transformative, they may also be challenging or overwhelming at times. It is crucial to approach Ayahuasca with proper preparation and integration to maximise the benefits and minimise potential risks.
Q: Can I participate in the retreat if I have never tried Ayahuasca before?
A: Yes, the retreat is open to those who have never worked with Ayahuasca and returning participants. We typically have a mixture of new guests and returning guests each retreat. The facilitators will provide all the guidance and support necessary for those who are new to Ayahuasca. 
Q: Can I participate if I have never tried a psychedelic?
A: Yes, we usually have some people who have never tried any psychedelics before and they have been fine. Sometimes it may even be preferable, as there are no previous psychedelic experiences to interfere through any expectation being projected on the experience 
Q: Are there any age restrictions for the Ayahuasca Retreat?
A: Yes, participants must be at least 18 years old to attend the Ayahuasca Retreat. This age requirement ensures that participants have the necessary maturity and capacity to engage in the process.
Q: Can I bring a friend or partner to the retreat?
A: Absolutely! In most cases, participants book individually. However, we do have couples, friends, siblings and families who choose to attend together.
Q: What is the accommodation like?
A: We have a range of beautiful accommodation options to suit a range of budgets from shared rooms with a shared bathroom to private ensuites. All rooms come equipped with bedding and towels. The location is set in a rural part of Spain (just outside of Barcelona), surrounded by nature and providing the tranquil backdrop needed for deep inner healing. 
Q: How many people do you host on each retreat and are there enough facilitators?
A: It varies but between 15-20 people and we always ensure there are enough facilitators (between 6-8).
Q: What is the experience of the Shaman who leads the ceremonies?
A: Ness has been a medicine woman for 19 years and was initiated by the Shipibo tribe. Ness holds the ceremonies with reverence and love, bringing a nurturing and feminine energy to create a deep sense of safety which in turn allows participants to go deeper. 
Q: What does the cost of the retreat cover?
A: The retreat cost covers 4 weekly preparation sessions in the lead up to the retreat, accommodation, food, 3 Ayahuasca ceremonies and 4 weekly integration sessions after the retreat. 
Q: I’m still undecided if i’m ready for ayahuasca, how will I know?
A: Ultimately, only you will know if you have the call to join an Ayahuasca retreat. Being unsure and having reservations is normal especially if it’s your first time! Feel free to reach out to Melissa for a call if you want to discuss further.
Q: How should I prepare?
A: Preparing involves physical, mental, and emotional changes. This typically includes following specific dietary guidelines, abstaining from certain substances, engaging in mindfulness practices, and setting clear intentions for the retreat. Detailed instructions and guidelines will be provided in your first preparation call.
Q: Is the Ayahuasca Retreat suitable for everyone?
A: Ayahuasca is not suitable for everyone. It is not recommended for individuals with certain medical conditions, mental health conditions, or those who are taking specific medications. It is essential to disclose any relevant medical information to the team as soon as possible.
Q: How long does the Ayahuasca Retreat last?
A: The duration of the Ayahuasca Retreat is 4 nights and 5 days. This includes 3 Ayahuasca ceremonies, integration activities, and an optional Bufo and Kambo ceremony.
Q: What is Bufo?
A: Bufo, also known as Bufo Alvarius or the Colorado River toad, is a species of toad found in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. It is known for containing a potent psychedelic substance called 5-MeO-DMT (5-Methoxy-N,N-Dimethyltryptamine) in its venom glands. The toad’s venom is collected and dried, then vaporised to induce an intense and transcendent experience. When used in this way, 5-MeO-DMT can produce powerful visionary and ego-dissolving effects, often described as a profound spiritual awakening or a sense of merging with the universe.
Q: How does Bufo work?
A: Bufo is inhaled from a pipe and is a relatively short acting psychedelic, meaning the hallucinogenic effects begin almost immediately. The full experience can last anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. 
Q: Who is Bufo recommended for?
A: Bufo is known to alleviate symptoms of  depression, anxiety and PTSD and it is particularly beneficial for those who struggle with a need to be in control or who have difficulty letting go, surrendering, holding onto grudges and with forgiveness (including self-forgiveness). 
Q: What is Kambo?
A: Kambo has been used for centuries by indigenous tribes for its medicinal and purgative properties. The Kambo ceremony involves the application of a frog’s secretion, known as kambo or frog venom, onto small burn marks on the skin. The venom is obtained by gently collecting the secretion from the frog’s skin and then dried for use. The burn marks allow for the venom to enter the body, typically on the shoulder or ankle.
Kambo is primarily known for its purgative effects, inducing intense vomiting and, in some cases, temporary diarrhoea. It helps cleanse the body of toxins and impurities. Some people also report experiencing increased energy, improved mental clarity, and enhanced physical wellbeing following a Kambo ceremony.
Q: Who is Kambo recommended for?
A: Kambo is said to help with a range of conditions from anxiety, depression, addiction to chronic pain. Since it helps to cleanse the body of impurities, it is considered an ideal treatment pre-Ayahuasca, particularly for those that have needed to stop taking SSRIs or other medication in the run up to the retreat. 
Q: Is it safe to do Ayahuasca, Kambo and Bufo at the same retreat?
A: Yes, it is safe do all these medicines but it’s entirely up to you if you wish to do so. The schedule is designed to ensure there is enough space between each ceremony to ensure participants’ safety.  The facilitators will be on hand to answer any questions you have about each medicine and there is no need to make any decisions ahead of the retreat – you can decide on the day if you would like to do Kambo or Bufo. 
Q: How important is following the dieta?
A: It’s important to follow the dieta for a few reasons. Firstly, it’s designed to cleanse the body of toxins and to also prepare the mind to receive the medicine. By preparing the body and mind in this way, it improves the effectiveness of receiving Ayahuasca, as the body is more receptive. Secondly, the dieta helps to reduce side effects of the medicine and minimise contraindications that could be potentially dangerous – this is why you need to stop taking certain medications and avoid foods such as pork, alcohol and aged cheeses/meats. Whilst purging is a normal occurrence, the purge is likely to be more severe if your diet has consisted of processed and unhealthy/rich foods. Thirdly, following the dieta is a way of showing respect to the process and to prepare for the experience of drinking Ayahuasca. Some see it as a way of making a sacrifice in exchange for profound healing and growth. 
Ideally, it’s best to start the dieta early – some like to start as early as 2-4 weeks before the retreat to allow the body enough time to cleanse and adjust to the restrictions. It’s up to you how early you start, but it is best practice to start at least 7 days prior to the retreat. Equally, it’s important to listen to your body, particularly if you are already following a restrictive diet due to health reasons. Please remember that you are not aiming for 100% adherence to the dieta – 80% adherence is more than enough. 
Q: What should I bring to the Ayahuasca Retreat?
A: A comprehensive packing list will be provided, but some essential items typically include comfortable clothing, a journal, a water bottle, toiletries, insect repellent, a flashlight, and any personal items (photos, jewellery, crystals) that you wish to place on the altar. 
Q: I have a physical disability, would I still be able to attend?
A: It depends on the severity of the disability. For example, the retreats aren’t wheelchair friendly and any other mobility issue would be a concern as 1) there are stairs to the rooms and 2) the medicine can make your body feel weak and drowsy and so there would be a risk of a fall. Over time we will look to make the retreats as accessible and inclusive as possible, but in the meantime, it’s best to speak to one of the team to go over your circumstances prior to booking. 

The Ceremonies

Q: What can I expect during an Ayahuasca ceremony?
A:The Ayahuasca ceremonies take place at night in our beautiful ceremony hall and usually last 6-7 hours. The ceremony hall will be equipped with mattresses, blankets and a pillow for each participant. Participants consume the Ayahuasca and then enter a meditative state while the medicine takes effect. The experience can vary for each individual, but it often involves vivid visions, deep introspection, emotional release, and insights into oneself and the nature of reality. Ness and her team will perform music and sing throughout to aid your journey and to help you move through any blocks you encounter. The facilitators are always on hand for any individual support you may need (don’t be afraid to ask for help). 
Q: Is there any ceremonial etiquette which should be observed?
A: We request that all participants wear white or light coloured clothing and avoid darker clothing as dark colours can absorb the energy of others. White, cream, beige, grey and pastel colours are ideal. 
It’s also advised that you don’t interact with or speak to other participants during the ceremonies. This is because each individual will be going through their own process and it’s best not to disrupt each other’s journies. If you need help or wish to speak to somebody, a facilitator will be on hand to offer support. 
Q: Will I purge during the ceremony?
A: Vomiting, also known as purging, is a common and often expected part of the Ayahuasca experience for many individuals. Purging is seen as a form of physical and energetic purification. It is believed to help release physical and emotional toxins from the body, promoting a sense of cleansing and healing. Ayahuasca is often referred to as “La Purga” or “The Purge” due to its purgative effects.
Many participants view vomiting as a cathartic and healing aspect of the Ayahuasca experience. It is often considered a necessary process to release emotional blockages, negative energies, and past traumas. That said, not everyone will necessarily be sick during the ceremonies. Responses to Ayahuasca can vary widely among individuals. Some may experience other forms of purging, such as diarrhoea or crying while others may not experience any physical purging at all. There will be a bucket placed at the foot of the mattress for participants that will need to purge and there are also toilets close to the ceremony hall. 
The facilitators are trained to provide support and assistance during purging episodes, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of participants.
Q: How much Ayahuasca do we drink?
A: Once the ceremony is underway, everyone will be invited to drink the first cup. After some time a second window will open and you will be invited to drink a second cup if you wish to. If after this, you wish to drink more, you are welcome to do so by simply approaching Ness and her team. There is no limit on how much you can drink but in most cases this wouldn’t exceed 4 cups. For some people, a single cup is enough for an entire ceremony. 
Q: What do we do if we are struggling or need help?
A: Our facilitators are on hand to offer support and guide you through the process. You can at any point during the ceremony request help. It can also be helpful to use tools such as breathing and mindfulness to remind yourself that you are safe and that what you are experiencing will pass. 


Q: What is the check-in time and when does the first ceremony take place?
A: Check-in time is 4pm and the first ceremony takes place on the first evening, therefore arrival by no later than 6pm is encouraged as this allows you some time to rest, and to spend some time with your fellow participants/meet the team. 
Q: What is the address?
A: For the retreat starting on the 24th of August, the address is: Camí Urb. Cal Pinyot L’Hort de la Riera, Sant Salvador de Guardiola (08253) Barcelona, Spain. 
For the retreat starting on the 31st of August, the address is Cami de Ventanell, 55, 08779 Les Llambardes, 08737, La Llacuna, Barcelona, Spain. 
Q: Does the retreat offer transfers? 
A: The retreat doesn’t offer transfers and we recommend that participants share taxis to and from the airport/centre of Barcelona where possible. We can help with organising taxis and would encourage those of you traveling on the first day of the retreat to arrive between 12pm – 3pm to avoid long waiting times at the airport. Those of you arriving earlier can pair up and share a taxi from the centre of Barcelona. 


Q: Are there any post-retreat recommendations?
A: Yes, integration is a crucial part of the Ayahuasca experience and we will be there to guide you through the process. It is recommended you allocate time and space for reflection, journaling, and incorporating the insights gained into your daily life. Supportive practices such as meditation, therapy, or engaging with the community can also be beneficial for integration. Additionally, there will be 4 weekly integration sessions led by Melissa for you to reconnect with each other and share any reflections/changes you have observed post retreat.
Q: How do I  stay connected to what I have experienced post- retreat?
A: You return home with a new perspective but it can be challenging to try to navigate the world that you now see through the lens of somebody who has experienced Ayahuasca. Equally, it can be challenging to engage with those that haven’t had the same experience as you. This is where the community we have cultivated can play a part. In addition to those that joined you on the retreat, we will connect you with other past participants too so you can learn from and support each other through the ongoing integration process.
We run a bunch of meetups and events and provide some suggestions to help you maintain your connection to the medicine:
  1. Community Involvement: Seek out and become part of a community that shares an interest in Ayahuasca and plant medicine. Online forums, social media groups, and websites dedicated to psychedelic experiences can be great places to find like-minded individuals who can support and understand your journey.
  2. Conscious Events and Workshops: Lookout for conscious events and workshops related to Ayahuasca, Spirituality (if that’s your thing),  Healing, Plant Medicine, and Personal Growth.
  1. Meetups and Retreat Reunions: Attend local meetups or reunions with people who have also experienced Ayahuasca. Sharing your stories, insights, and challenges with others who have gone through similar experiences can be incredibly affirming and validating.
  2. Music and Ceremonial Songs: Music can be a powerful tool for reconnecting with the experience. Listening to ceremonial songs, chants, or traditional music can trigger memories and emotions. You can create playlists or find online platforms that curate such music.
  3. Integration Practices: Developing integration practices can help you make sense of the insights gained and apply them to your daily life. Meditation, journaling, creative expression, and mindfulness exercises can all be helpful tools for integration.
  4. Nature: Spend time in nature, as it can evoke a similar sense of wonder and connection to that experienced during the ceremonies. Engaging in activities like hiking, camping, or simply spending time in a park can support your ongoing spiritual exploration.
  5. Continued Learning: Stay informed about Ayahuasca, psychedelics, and related fields by reading books, articles, and research papers. Staying curious and informed can deepen your understanding of your experiences and help you contextualise them in a broader framework.
  6. Supportive Therapies: If needed, consider engaging in therapeutic work to explore and process the insights and emotions that arose during your Ayahuasca retreat. Integration with a professional can be highly beneficial for personal growth and healing.
Remember that this journey continues long after the retreat. It’s essential to approach it with respect, humility, and a commitment to continued self-development and understanding. 
By integrating the lessons and experiences into your daily life can lead to profound and lasting positive changes. 

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